Volunteer Recognition

County Level

County award winners are selected by a local committee from the pool of nomination forms received. Adult and youth volunteers may be nominated and may nominate themselves. The number of awards given in each category will be determined by the county. Completed nomination forms should be returned to your local Extension office.

Meritorious Service Award

This award will be given to a 4-H volunteer, staff member, business, or group who has made a special contribution to or impact on the 4-H program for 10 or more years. This award is given in recognition of a wide range of services and contributions to the 4-H program at the club, county, district, state or national level. The nominees for this award will have influenced the lives of 4-H members in Nebraska in a positive way and/or influenced the overall 4-H program. Recipients may be nominated more than once but may receive this award only once.

Tribute to Leader Excellence Award

This award is for current club leaders (co-leaders, assistant leaders, project leaders) who have served the 4-H program a minimum of 5 years and who have made a special contribution to or impact on youth, the 4-H program, their club and community. The leader must have positively affected the lives of youth and created a standard of excellence that helps motivate and encourage others. Recipients may receive this award once every five years.

Heart of 4-H Award

This award will recognize volunteers, 4-H supporters and/or companies or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and/or volunteer service to 4-H, have made a special contribution to the 4-H program, or provided a significant number of service hours to 4-H. Volunteers may receive this award once every 5 years. The Nebraska 4-H Foundation will provide one plaque to each county each year.

Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award

This award will recognize 4-H alumni who have given service or support to the 4-H program and/or have promoted 4-H positively in the community. Alumni from any county or state are eligible to receive this award. Recipients may receive this award once every 5 years. The Nebraska 4-H Foundation will provide one plaque to each county each year.

Volunteer Service Award

This award will recognize volunteers for their dedication to the 4-H program for years of service. Volunteers will be recognized for 1, 3, and 5 years of 4-H service and every five years beyond. To receive service awards, volunteers must enroll in the county annually, complete volunteer screening and updates as required, and follow the 4-H Volunteer Code of Ethics. Extension staff will utilize the 4-H Plus system to track eligible volunteers for Volunteer Service Awards.

State Level

Adult and youth volunteers may be nominated for state awards and may nominate themselves. Completed nomination forms should be returned to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation.

Salute to Excellence Lifetime Volunteer of the Year

This award is for those who have served as a 4-H volunteer for 10 years or more at the county or state level. Three letters of recommendation must accompany each completed nomination form.

Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year

This award is for those who have served as a 4-H volunteer for less than 10 years at the county or state level. Three letters of recommendation must accompany each completed nomination form.

Volunteer of Excellence

The Nebraska 4-H Volunteer of Excellence Program is designed to complement the tradition of recognizing outstanding volunteers, provide guidance for volunteers to expand their leadership ability, educational opportunities and accomplishments, and reward their dedication to the 4-H program. This program allows volunteers to personalize their experience and select various levels that fit their needs, abilities, passion, and time.

4-H Partner Award

Volunteers will be recognized for taking steps to build a solid foundation for their service to 4-H. Through educational training opportunities and resources, they will become a dedicated partner with Nebraska 4-H. Volunteers may receive this award once every three years. Complete the following in the current year to achieve the 4-H Partner Award:

4-H Cornerstone Award

Volunteers will be recognized for establishing themselves as a cornerstone of the 4-H program. They must continually work to improve their role within the club, county, community and/or state and will be recognized for their ability to strengthen and grow the 4-H program. Volunteers may receive this award once every 3 years. Complete the following in the current year to achieve the 4-H Cornerstone Award:

4-H Innovator Award

Volunteers will be recognized for their implementation of new, innovative 4-H programs and/or activities through their volunteer service. An innovative 4-H volunteer may have the desire to experiment with new approaches or services, develop new partnerships with other organizations, or find a unique solution to a community need, all in an effort to make the best better. Volunteers may receive this award every three years. Complete the following in the current year to achieve the 4-H Innovator Award: